Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies have decided to suspend star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the Dawgs season-opening game against the 19th-ranked Boise State Broncos on Saturday night, according to multiple sources.
Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge in July, stemming from a March arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
The Huskies are set to move into a renovated $280 million dollar stadium, and after three consecutive 7-6 seasons, Husky faithful were hopeful the Dawgs would take a step forward in Sarkisian’s fifth year on Montlake.
But the decision to suspend Seferian-Jenkins makes the Dawgs game against Boise State much more difficult. Backing up Seferian-Jenkins on the depth chart are sophomore Josh Perkins and junior Michael Hartvigson. Hartvigson has 14 career catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, while Perkins has never caught a pass at Washington.
Against Boise State in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, Seferian-Jenkins had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. For his career, Seferian-Jenkins has 110 receptions for 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns.
A source said that Seferian-Jenkins originally received a two-game suspension, but that it was lowered to a one-game suspension after Seferian-Jenkins met some of his disciplinary tasks. Seferian-Jenkins should be available for the Huskies next game, against the Illinois fighting Illini in Chicago on September 14.
The Huskies host Boise State on Saturday at 7 PM.